Gilbert’s El Indio

Perfect For: Cheap Eats Classic Establishment Impressing Out of Towners

“I want really good Mexican!”

Raise your hand if you hear that every time your out-of-towner friends climb into your car at LAX. Our city’s Mexican food has a well-earned reputation of being among the best - not that most of our non-Angeleno friends would know it when they saw it. If your friends are anything like ours, their baseline of “good” Mexican food is on par with a sloppy Friday night at the local Don Pablo’s. Queso to them is a melted bowl of cheese you eat on Football Sunday and mole is an animal that lives largely underground. We aren’t here to judge. We are here to show them the way of actual Mexican cuisine.

Gilbert’s is the perfect place to take your out-of-town friends and family. The food at Gilbert's is accessible and good. You won’t find any fancy eel tacos or duck taquitos here. But come for a burrito and a strong ass margarita and the gang is going to walk out happy. It’s also the perfect spot for gluttonous and judgement-free eating. Have a massive hangover? This is your place. They even serve breakfast seven days a week. If allowed, we would potentially consider rolling dinner into breakfast by sleeping in one of their booths.

This family-run spot's been open for over 35 years, and is filled with Mexican tchotchkes they've clearly been collecting for at least that long. It's also always filled with a good crowd.

Don’t let Gilbert’s location deter you from partaking in its festive Mexican glory (We get it, you’re not sure if the offices nearby are a front for a meth lab. Pico can get really weird.) We promise that your friends will love it so much they won’t even complain about the lack of “cheese dip” on the menu.

Food Rundown

Chips, Salsa & Pickled Carrots

Your friends will be confused that there’s a bowl of pickled carrots served with chips and salsa, but once they get used to the idea, they'll be happy about it.


Nachos with lots of hot peppers. There is beauty in simplicity. Also, saying “nachitos” is really fun.

Chicken (Crispy) Tacos

Simple but great. That being said, if you're considering a burrito, you have our blessing to skip these and move right along to the main event detailed below.

Extra Super Mule Burrito

Meat (beef, chicken, or pork), beans, avocado, and lettuce, all topped with melted cheese, tomato, chile ortega, and verde sauce. The chicken's our favorite, but we're pretty sure you can't go wrong with this beast.

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